Stripboard Track Cutter





Introduction: Stripboard Track Cutter

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This is a homemade stripboard cutter. I already have a commercial stripboard cutter, so why make another? My commercial cutter is really horrible to use, the handle is tiny, uncomfortable, and the cutter isn't nearly sharp enough. This makes it frustrating to use. My homemade version is bigger and sharper, it's now a pleasure to use! The larger handle and sharp blade mean it takes no effort to cut the tracks in the right places. What is a stipboard cutter ? It's a tool for cutting the tracks on a prototybe board to disconnect parts of the circuit that shouldn't be connected.

This tool won't take more than 15 minutes to make.

You'll need :
  • A wooden handle or a stick to carve your own from (I used a branch out of the garden)
  • 4mm drill bit (new and sharp is best). This will form the cutter.
  • 3.2mm drill bit.
  • Sandpaper if you're carving your own handle.

Steps to make this:
  1. Find or carve a suitable handle.
  2. Drill a 3.2 mm hole in the handle for the 4mm drill bit.
  3. Push the 4mm drill bit into the handle, this will take a little force, it should be a tight fit.
  4. Apply a finish to the handle such as linseed oil or varnish.
  5. Test it out!

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Very clever solution!

A simple and elegant solution. Stripboard is a cheap and efficient way of putting together densely populated circuits, and this project is a useful addition to the toolbox.


Some of us are in the USA and have fractional Imperial measurements for our drills. A 5/32 in drill is about 0.03% smaller than 4mm, so we won't need to make a trip to the hardware store to get the exact bit specified.

Thanks for the instructable.

Simply splendid.

Nicely done, I've used this idea for years without the handle, mainly because I'm a cheapskate and don't want to pay for a stripboard cutter.

Mo bigger, mo betterer! I would think a little chisel the right width might work well too.

I made one and I love it. Great idea.

I use a drill chuck from an old drill for this and I can chainge the bit if I want to enlarge the holes to fit components or screws.